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The Cup Cafe, Tucson, AZ

The Cup Cafe

4.6
4.6
1717 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Recently awarded "Top 100 Neighborhood Gems in America" by OpenTable!

Reservations are highly recommended for dinner due to limited indoor seating and high demand for patio seating. For breakfast and lunch we are first-come, first-serve, no reservations.

The Cup Cafe is a downtown Tucson tradition with a reputation for delicious, inspired fare, alive with flavor. A full-service, historic modern bistro, The Cup Cafe appeals to locals and visitors alike.

Enjoy the variety of The Cup’s all-day menu and the fresh, delectable, and ever-changing daily features. Selections include build-your-own omelets, unique salads, great appetizers, full-course entrees, classic sandwiches, as well as vegan and vegetarian options.

The Cup also proudly features homemade desserts, baked in-house, as well as a comfortable and expansive outdoor patio, full-service bar, unique signature cocktails, and intriguing wine selections.

Thank you!

***EVENING ENTERTAINMENT ON OUR PATIO IS OFTEN LOUD***

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast & Lunch Daily 8:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (520) 798-1618

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Joe Decker

  • Private party contact

    Melissa Matriss: (520) 622-8848 ext. 201

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Tucson

  • Cross street

    Toole Ave.

  • Parking details

    Valet parking across at Maynard's Market and Kitchen Friday and Saturday evening for only $5, Street metered parking is available, and the 5th Street Parking garage located on 5th Street directly across from the Hotel Congress is another option.

  • Public transit

    Just a short walk from tram stops along Congress St. and only about a block from the Ronstadt Transit Center

  • Entertainment

    Entertainment on the patio or in the nearby club on most nights. Reservation Confirmation Message Thank you for choosing The Cup Cafe. We will be happy to hold your reservation for 15 minutes past the requested time. Should your plans change, please let us know. We look forward to serving you.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day at The Cup Café

    $65.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Delight in our Valentine's Day Decadence! Returning long-time Chefs Joe Decker and Carlos Mendoza along with our amazing world-traveled and trained pastry chef Michelle Morales, have created an indulgent and satisfying menu designed for couples but great for everyone! Check our website at hotelcongress.com for menu specifics. You can expect the same delicious, scratch-made culinary delights that have made The Cup Café one of America's Top 100 Neighborhood Gems according to OpenTable. Make your reservation online or by phone today. We hope to see you there!

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What 1,717 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Tucson

    Hot spot

  • Tucson

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Tucson

    Lively

  • Tucson

    Contemporary American

  • Tucson

    Hot spot

  • Tucson

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Tucson

    Lively

  • Tucson

    Contemporary American

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  1. TF

    TucsonFamily

    Phoenix

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Jeff, our server, was excellen Everything was delivered promptly and was tasty. We had the albondigas soup, pasta and two appetizers. Will look forward to returning soon.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Super slow service and it wasn’t crowded at the time I was there 4:15. Caesar salad lacked taste and was just basically lettuce and croutons. I have been there before and had excellent food and service- not this time 😒
  3. DD

    DistaffDiner

    New Orleans

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The shared appetizer might be the priciest choice in this category, but we all loved it. The bread was superb, the cheeses, veggies, and especially the roasted garlic exceptional, pesto very nice! We would definitely order this again. The mac and cheese with the rib entree might be the best side dish ever! The extremely generous ribs were well done, but not fall off the bone tender - still very tasty with a delicious sauce on the side. Cole slaw was better than most. The salmon entree was a bit underwhelming in appearance as it was served on on a large white plate where it looked lost. The broccolinni was almost warm and the risotto was lovely. A drizzle of something to dress the plate, perhaps two sprigs of broccolinni and it would be on our list of repeat entrees.
  4. TH

    TerryH

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    The quality of the food was the not the same as what we were used to a this restaurant. Ribs used to be the best anywhere...this time....tough and not real good.
  5. WT

    WillT

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy dining at the hotel Congress. The food & service are very good.
  6. RM

    RobertM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I have always loved "The Cup". We chose to dine on the patio during/after Tatiana Ava Marie concert of French Dijango jazz. The music was wonderful and so was staff accommodation regarding our time for a table. Now the food: unique and tasty but a little on the pricey side for rather small portions considering what we paid for the concert. Note: The Cup is a great place for breakfast.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the evening. Great food, music & ambiance. The heaters kept us cozy. Service was impeccable.
  8. HS

    HughS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great music on the patio, not too loud and swingin!
  9. MA

    MarkA

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff! Great and thoughtful menu! Consistent prep… Great ambiance! A real gem in Tucson’s Downtown Crown!
  10. MB

    MariaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Such a cute place to eat! We decided to sit outside and that was perfect! Very private and doesn’t feel like you’re in the middle of downtown! Love that they have vegan options for my boyfriend and he loved his food! Definitely recommend eating here!
  11. B

    Bill

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I’ve been a patron of the Cup Cafe since it opened around 30 years ago. Food quality, menu options and value have been up and down over the years, but in all honesty, since reopening post pandemic, the Cup is putting out the best food that it ever has- moderately expensive, consistently delicious and menu options that are both broadly appealing and uniquely consistent with the hotel’s heritage. The dinner menu is something that should not be missed!
  12. MC

    MichaelC

    Tucson

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Friendly staff. Easy in easy out! Highly recommend.
  13. DW

    DeniseW

    Tucson

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoyable on the open patio with a heater. Emery our server was gracious and very in tune to our needs. Thank you for a nice evening out!
  14. BC

    BetC

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service are top notch. I had the vegan breakfast tamale once for brunch - I'm not vegan but i enjoyed this so much. We also loved the BBQ ribs and the dinner tamale was equally delicious
  15. R

    Randy

    New Mexico

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious food! The stuffed chicken with gnocchi is terrific!
  16. CW

    CWTucson

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Happy Hour deals are very good, and our waitress was on top of everything. We enjoyed our cocktails and our food.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    They got rid of my favorite menu item. The nachos. RIP my cheesy friend. Drinks where enough to console me. Ghost Orchid is still the best.
  18. l

    lame

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good despite being just after the very busy New Year events.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and really good food!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall1food4service4ambience1
    Seated at a small table right in the middle of everything between the door that kept opening from outside and the bar and the kitchen and we asked for a different table but the girl told us no and ran away quickly and no one ever came and checked on us but we were served by one of the bartenders who came around and took care of us when he had time. The food was pretty good but the wine wasn't very good and it came in a warm glass so we had to add ice to chill it down to even below room temperature which isn't good for red wine but we just decided to tough it out and not say anything or complain. There really wasn't anyone around to complain to anyway I never saw anyone that looked like a manager and even when we left no one asked how everything was the place is pretty much run by a bunch of young people that don't seem to have a lot of experience in service but the food was good so the kitchen seems okay. I've been there a few times before for brunch and lunch but this dinner was way below expectations as we sat right in the middle of everything with the staff running on both sides of our table very close just made us uncomfortable and it was noisy and it was cold because the door kept opening so for the money it really wasn't worth it. I wish I had asked for an outside table because then at least we would have had a heater.

    The Cup CafeResponded on December 31, 2022Hey Anonymous! I am truly sorry to hear about your experience with us. This is definitely atypical of our service standards here at The Cup Café. I would love to hear more about your visit. We pride ourselves on giving excellent service and serving wonderful food and drink. We truly appreciate your feedback on this and any issue you may encounter while dining with us.

  21. RB

    RichB18

    Phoenix

    31 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    I have been to The Cup Cafe many times and love everything about. However, last night was a total, disappointing experience. I had reservations, fine, had to chase down a server for service, and told her that we were attending the music evening at Club Congress and we needed to be there by 7:45. So, we ordered… none of our meals were hot… it felt like they were perhaps in a warming oven or on some of food line. My hemp tamales were lukewarm; others tacos were the same. Very disappointing and so glad the music was wonderful. A disappointing experience and maybe stay away from holiday times???

    The Cup CafeResponded on December 31, 2022Hi! I am so sorry to hear about your experience. I would like to start by saying that this is out of the ordinary for us here at The Cup Cafe. Our motto is "Every guest, every time" and clearly we did not live up to that for you. I would love to talk further about your experience and see if there is anything at all we can do to accommodate you sometime in the future. We never want to hear that any of our guests have had a negative experience with us. Thank you for your feedback.

  22. TL

    ThomasL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and vibe - inside and out. Friendly service at the host stand at at the table. Fantastic menu. We loved it,
  23. LB

    LBTucson

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice Christmas dinner at the Cup. The specials were tasty and the Xmas dessert really delicious. Nice relaxed service, good heaters on the patio. All and all a great experience, will be back.
  24. BT

    BeaTucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the Cup! Service and food are always consistent, excellent, and delicious.
  25. s

    scotta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and a great place to take out of town guests
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an amazing Christmas Eve dinner! Memorable!!!
  27. KP

    KathyP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We enjoy the restaurant and the food and the service was exceptional last night. The high ceilings and large party table make it very noisy… It is very difficult to hear the person you're with talking from across the table or even side-by-side with a large group at that table Having a loud fun party.
  28. P

    Penn

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We have been to The Cup Cafe three times and it is aways fun. The food is good, and the desserts exceptional!!! Last night, the salmon was delicious, but the Zucchini Sandwich had very little zucchini in it. And zucchini isn’t expensive: the slaw was great and the fries perfect, so I was happy, but more zucchini needed in that entree. Carrot cake delicious!
  29. GB

    GreenBee

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The Cup has been a long time favorite, and for good reason. The food is consistently excellent, cocktails delicious, beer choices plentiful, and prices fair for what you get. Can get a bit loud inside, but patio is great unless there's a band playing out there and you're not wanting that kind of experience. I only ding a star overall because service has been a little spotty the last couple times (probably labor market related), and I'm of the philosophy that 5 stars should be reserved for the absolute best.
  30. BF

    BertF

    Tucson

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great steak frites and steak perfectly done and succulent.
  31. l

    lindaw

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My two Aunties and I were able to get together for one of their birthdays. First time in four years. It was amazing
  32. JU

    JULIEK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The Hemp tamales were delicious! our waiter was excellent very attentive and knowledgeable. Will definitely go back.
  33. VB

    VictorB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I had the stuffed chicken gnochi that was bathed in butter. Woke up in the middle of the night feeling ill and spent all moring with tummy troubles. It was an unnecessarily rich dish that tasted fine but was difficult for me to digest. I also had a side of fries which in the past have been quite crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Not so this time. Soft all around, these fries were. It was a slow Monday night. Very few people in the dining room. Still. The Cup can and should do better.
  34. RF

    RobertF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The fish and chips was enormous! Our waitress could not have been sweeter or more attentive. My only minor gripe was that our table was small and crammed in a corner.
  35. SC

    StephenC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Delicious food at a table inside, but it was a Saturday night and the noise level, partly from the music outside, was high, made it difficult to have a good conversation. Might be better on a week night.
  36. BC

    BeeCandy

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to the Cup Cafe for a pre-theatre dinner. I checked the menu online beforehand and already knew what I wanted. Nothing could have prepared me for the peanut butter cheesecake! What a treat. Plus, we were there during happy hour so I tried a negroni for the first time. I have a new cocktail now.
  37. DF

    DotF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The top cream layer of the coconut cream pie had a weird garlicky taste. The waiter was not responsive to checking it out. Other food items were fine.
  38. d

    drmemory

    Phoenix

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone enjoyed the food: ribs, pork schnitzel, salad with shrimp. The historic Hotel Congress is a Tucson institution. The Cup Café is a downtown is a go-to place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They have both indoor and outdoor seating. The coconut cream pie is the best in the world! So are the other creations of the pastry chef.
  39. VM

    VickiM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The old menu was better -- it had more vegetarian and gluten-free options. Bring back the potato street tacos, the beyond burger, and tortilla soup. Also more salad choices. The cauliflower tacos were very good.
  40. SC

    StevenC

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food. GREAT waitress (Kim). Very nice manager (Eric). It was one of the nicest dinner experiences out we have had in a while.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Cup Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (520) 798-1618.

The Cup Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 1717 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Cup Cafe

311 E. Congress St., Tucson, AZ 85701

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Toole Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Tucson

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast & Lunch Daily 8:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet parking across at Maynard's Market and Kitchen Friday and Saturday evening for only $5, Street metered parking is available, and the 5th Street Parking garage located on 5th Street directly across from the Hotel Congress is another option.

  • Public transit

    Just a short walk from tram stops along Congress St. and only about a block from the Ronstadt Transit Center

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Joe Decker

  • Entertainment

    Entertainment on the patio or in the nearby club on most nights. Reservation Confirmation Message Thank you for choosing The Cup Cafe. We will be happy to hold your reservation for 15 minutes past the requested time. Should your plans change, please let us know. We look forward to serving you.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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